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The myth of Piers Plowman : constructing a medieval literary archive

Author: Lawrence Warner
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Cambridge studies in medieval literature, 89
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Addressing the history of the production and reception of the great medieval poem, Piers Plowman, Lawrence Warner reveals the many ways in which scholars, editors and critics over the centuries created their own speculative narratives about the poem, which gradually came to be regarded as factually true. Warner begins by considering the possibility that Langland wrote a romance about a werewolf and bear-suited  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Warner
ISBN: 9781107043633 1107043638
OCLC Number: 891507462
Awards: Winner of Beatrice White Prize, English Association 2016
Description: 220 S : Ill.
Contents: Introduction: archive fever and the madness of Joseph Ritson; 1. William and the werewolf: the problem of William of Palerne; 2. Localizing Piers Plowman C: Meed, Corfe Castle, and the London Riot of 1384; 3. Latinitas et Communitas Visionis Willielmi de Longlond; 4. Quod Piers Plowman: non-Reformist prophecy, c.1520-55; 5. Urry, Burrell, and the pains of John Taylor: the Spelman MS (Huntington Hm 114), 1709-66; 6. William Dupre, Fabricateur: Piers Plowman in the Age of Forgery; Conclusion: Leland's madness and the tale of Piers Plowman; Bibliography.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in medieval literature, 89
Responsibility: Lawrence Warner.

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A revisionary account of the powerful myths that grew up around the production and reception of the great medieval poem. Also available as Open Access.  Read more...

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'A rollicking tale of how an entire field of study came to be created, or rather, fabricated ... Warner's book is full of page-turning discoveries.' The Times Literary Supplement

 
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